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World Evangelization Through World Revival

By Wilfred Morris

    One of the pictures of revival given in the Scripture is the outpouring of rain upon a dry, barren land causing it to become fruitful and verdant with fresh fruit.  For instance, Isaiah 44:3, “…I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground:  I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed….”  And Hosea 6:3, “…He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

    India and Palestine are very similar in that each depends on the former and the latter rain (or monsoon) for the harvest.  At this time of year, the countryside is predominantly dust covered and nowhere is there any greenery.  In places the ground lies parched and cracked as though the very earth were opening her mouth in anticipation of the showers expected from heaven.  Then the monsoon breaks in a tropical rainstorm – the latter rain.  Almost in a day or two the whole picture changes – the temperature drops and the whole countryside breaks out in a dress of green.  What has produced this fruitfulness?  A visitation from heaven, a blessing from above.  “He shall come down like rain…as showers that water the earth” (Psa. 72:6).

    Revival is God visiting in spiritual blessing His people just like rain watering the earth.  James 5:7-8 tells us that before the Lord’s coming the harvest of the earth will be ripened by both the former and the latter rain.  “Be patient therefore…unto the coming of the Lord.  Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and the latter rain.  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts:  for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” 

The Harvest Rain

    I believe this is a prophecy similar to that of the Book of Joel, of the last great outpouring of the Holy Spirit before Christ’s second coming to take His church, the precious fruit of the earth which is the fullness of the Gentile nations gathered in as a harvest.  (See Romans 11:25.)

    Some have difficulty in reconciling apostasy foretold in Scripture with any revival in the last days.  It seems plain to me that the two will proceed simultaneously.  In the world, and in the nominal churches of the world there will be a falling away.  But in the true church there will be revival, a spiritual renewal of believers in love and power, and to this true church will be added from the nations many souls drawn out of the gathering darkness – the fullness of the nations.

    This latter rain in Palestine caused the ripening of the harvest.  “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God:  for…He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain…and the floors shall be full of wheat…and ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied…” (Joel 2:23-24, 26).

    So will it be in its spiritual antitype, revival.  “It shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh:  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  and on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-18; Joel 2:28).

    So many of God’s people seem to hold the view that we can expect only very small blessings in these difficult last days when iniquity abounds and the love of many is waxing cold.  But “ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall…give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field” (Zech. 10:1). 

I Will Pour Out My Spirit on All Flesh

    The Lord’s coming again is to be prepared by preaching the Gospel to all the world.  “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14).  But at present millions lie without the knowledge of the Gospel.  What is needed is a fresh upsurge of the Spirit of God in our midst.  We need a new enduement of power.  “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4:6). 

I Will Pour Water upon Him that Is Thirsty

    It is the last great revival that will empower the true church to reach the lands overseas and will gather in the last of the Bride of Christ – then the blessed Lord shall return!  Are you thirsty and longing for that time?  Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matt. 5:6).  One of the conditions for revival is that of thirst.  Isaiah 44:3 promises, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty.”

    Revival begins with one – him that is thirsty.  It does not say, “Them that are thirsty,” for God is willing to begin with one.  “…I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isa. 57:15).

    Oh it is only the humble, broken, thirsty souls that God can trust with the fullness of His Holy Spirit that flows out in the blessing of revival to others.  Will you fulfill these conditions?

Pray For Herald International 

    A mark of the end times is that many “will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth…” (2 Tim. 4:3-4).   Sadly, we are already seeing this happen in many places.

    An editor of one of the Herald International editions laments this in a recent email to the U.S. Herald office:  “Like the foolish Galatians of old, my fellow countrymen – and I am saying this with a heavy heart – have left and turned away from the true gospel of the Cross.  They are now chasing the trivial gospel of prosperity and popularity.  The Word of God is being diluted and twisted.  The whole doctrine of righteousness and godliness has been polluted and shifted.”

    However, he goes on to offer this encouraging word:  “But, as painful as it is, we do not lose heart.  The gates of hell will not prevail against the true church of God.  At such a time as this, papers like Herald of His Coming must be called upon to step up and preach the true gospel of Jesus and Him crucified.  ‘For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God’ (1 Cor. 1:18).  Our prayer warriors and financial supporters must not lose heart.  The truth will stand and the church will finally prevail.  Their work is not in vain!  …Continue to lift us up in your prayers as we take up our cross daily and follow our Lord and Savior.  And this we do with great joy, for the battle is not ours, but the Lord’s.”

    Please pray for all of the Herald International editors and co-­workers (and for the U.S. workers) to stand firm in the faith and to be bold in publishing the true gospel message.